katherine zagotsis
Highly Accomplished Teacher. AAC Communication Partner & Advocate. Mum of one. Accidental Leader. Reflectionist, Mentor and life-long learner.

Engaging Now! 7.4

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About 2 weeks ago from Katherine Zagotsis's Twitter via Twitter for Android

Demonstrating 4.5

Focus Area: Prof 2.6

Reward Systems

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This will be my 8th year of teaching and within that time, I have never used a reward system. The site I’m at however, has been implementing Positive Behaviour Intervention Support for about a year and a half. This approach uses both incidental and explicit teaching of expected behaviour, which ideally, decreases the negative behaviour […]

Emergent Literacy

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In this post, Emergent Literacy-Thinking about Writing Instruction, I was considering whether I was using best practice after observing the behaviour of one of my students, undertaking some online professional development on emergent writing and completing some assessment. Interestingly, the training I completed suggested that students did NOT have to know each letter of the […]

ICT Classroom Resources 2019

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Earlier this term, my onsite colleague, D. borrowed a few resources from the Special Education Resource Unit (SERU). SERU offers a library of resources to borrow from to educators who support students with disabilities and learning difficulties. These range from transferring and standing equipment, change tables and seating options to curriculum resources. Recently, they have […]

Work Trip: Eastern Ranges School-Curriculum, Planning and School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (Day 2)

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The second day at Eastern Ranges was spent sharing and comparing professionally. We spoke about the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and the Victorian equivalent, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), how the teachers in both schools plan curriculum and School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support. SACE/VCAL I’m a primary school teacher, so admittedly my knowledge […]

Assessment 2018: Mid-Term Reports

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I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the past few weeks, reflecting on student progress, updating goals and having conversations with colleagues about assessment. At my site, we don’t have a school-wide template for writing reports, so they vary in layout and length. This is mostly due to the huge variation in student needs, […]

STEM 500 Day 3: Robotics

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On Wednesday the 20th of June, I attended Day 3 of STEM 500 at the Education Development Centre. As part of the Thinking Technologically focus group, I’m gradually coming to a better understanding of terms such as computational and systems thinking, automation and iterations. Every session I also become more aware of what a close tie that the […]

ProloQuo2go: Classroom Visit

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Since last year, one of the site priorities has been the implementation of an Augmentative and Alternative (AAC) system used across the school. We’ve had a strong focus on ProloQuo2go, with training from Jane Farrall and having low-tech (laminated core word page) available for staff to wear. This year, a focus group has been created and a […]

Modbury STEM PLC ~Thinking Technologically~May 23rd

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Overview As part of the STEM 500 project I spent Wednesday at Tea Tree Gully library with three lovely ladies from the Modbury partnership; Deanne from my site and Liz and Val from Ardtornish Primary School. Deanne and I both teach at Modbury Special School. Our students have an intellectual disability, the majority are on […]

500 STEM Educators in Primary Schools Project (Day 1 and 2)

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Over the past two days, myself and my colleague Deanne have taken part in PD as part of the STEM 500 Project. This is a long-term strategy that began as a trial in 2017 and will be completed by 2020. The aim is to have 500 STEM specialists in Primary Schools, training teachers so that we […]

MS EduMeet April 17th 2018

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All atoms firing and making new connections after today’s #MSEduMeet, working out which parts I can use. Most of it is more relevant to the adults at my site rather than S’s. And that’s kind of a scary thought #ICT #gencap #SpecEd #digitech #nomoreUSB’s — Katherine Zagotsis (@Accidentaleader) April 17, 2018 One of the things […]

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